Entries tagged with: Summerstage
We lost house music pioneer Frankie Knuckles earlier this month and tributes are still pouring in, none more notable than former Chicago resident and current man in charge President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. They released a condolence letter to Knuckles' family that read in part:
Frankie's work helped open minds and bring people together, blending genres to capture our attention and ignite our imaginations. He was a trailblazer in his field, and his legacy lives on in the city of Chicago and on dance floors across the globe.
You can see a photo of the letter below.
Meanwhile, the Elton John AIDS Foundation has set up the Frankie Knuckles Fund to support HIV information, testing and treatment. Says Sir Reg:
Frankie was such a lovely man and a great talent and his legacy provides a powerful voice to reach out to people, particularly men of colour, about their essential role in helping to create an AIDS-free future.In more musical news, The Horrors just covered Frankie Knuckles' classic single "Your Love" as part of a session for BBC DJ Zane Lowe. Recorded live at the Beeb's famed Maida Vale studios, you can stream that below as part of the whole session -- "Your Love" kicks in at the 18 minute mark. Perhaps they'll play it at their Converse Rubber Tracks show next week (which is now sold out).
And lastly, Summerstage is presenting "Whistle!: A Tribute to Frankie Knuckles" at Bed Stuy's Herbert Von King Park on June 22, featuring the Soul Summit DJs, DJ Kervyn Mark, and DJ Stormin' Norman. There will also be a screening of the director's cut of Hands to the Sky, a documentary about the outdoor house music scene. You can check out a trailer for that below...
Andrew Bird at RIverside Church in 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Singer/songwriter/violin looper Andrew Bird is going on a tour this summer with his new band The Hands of Glory, "an old timey acoustic configuration featuring Tift Merritt, Alan Hampton, Bowl of Fire alumnus Kevin O'Donnell, and Eric Heywood on pedal steel." That tour hits NYC for a free show at Central Park Summerstage on July 8 with Here We Go Magic singer Luke Temple. That show starts at 7 PM. All dates are listed below.
Andrew Bird will play NYC sooner than that though for RadioLoveFest, "a vibrant cross-section of genres and formats from storytelling, to music, to conversation," which runs from June 4-8 at BAM. Andrew appears on June 6 at the BAM Harvey Theater. Details:
The two-time Peabody Award-winning Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, from PRI and WNYC, is public radio's smart and surprising guide to what's happening in pop culture and the arts. Each week, Andersen, novelist, journalist, and co-founder of legendary Spy magazine, gets inside the creative mind, introducing listeners to the people who are creating and shaping our culture on movie sets, in galleries, and on the internet.Other highlights include a screening of Talking Heads film Stop Making Sense on June 5 in the BAM Rose Cinemas with a Q&A with director Jonathan Demme and WNYC's Brian Lehrer; NYC/WNYC's Ask Me Another show on June 6 at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House with They Might Be Giants and house musician Jonathan Coulton; and WNYC"s Soundcheck on June 7 at BAM Harvey Theater with The Walkmen frontman (and now solo artist) Hamilton Leithauser.
At BAM, Andersen presents an evening of music and conversation featuring Andrew Bird, one of the most acclaimed and inventive songwriters in indie music, and Jennifer Egan, whose novel A Visit from the Goon Squad won the Pulitzer Prize.
Tickets for all RadioLoveFest shows are on sale now or will be on sale soon.
Full RadioLoveFest schedule, with the list of Andrew Bird tour dates, below...
Marissa Nadler at Baby's All Right in March (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The schedule for the Summerstage 2014 Season was just announced, and as you may know, in addition to the shows in Central Park, there are also free shows in many other NYC parks too. Those include Brooklyn shows in Red Hook Park, Betsy Head Park, Herbert Von King Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park. Highlights of the Brooklyn Summerstage shows include:
6/3 - Ty Dolla $ign in Red Hook Park (in association with MeanRed Productions)Full Brooklyn Summerstage show schedule below...
6/4 - Mark McGuire, Marissa Nadler and Delicate Steve in Red Hook Park (in association with MeanRed Productions)
6/5 - Pro Era in Red Hook Park (in association with Lyricist Lounge)
6/10 - Duck Down BBQ w/ Boot Camp Clik & Friends in Betsy Head Park
6/18 Salute to Hip Hop w/ DJ Bent Roc, Chubb Rock, Dana Dane and Special Ed (in association with WBLS) in Herbert Von King Park
6/22 - Frankie Knuckles tribute w/ screening of Hands to the Sky (in association with ImageNation Cinema Foundation) in Herbert Von King Park
Andrew Bird in Chicago in 2012 (more by Sara Pieper)
NYC's Summerstage 2014 schedule was just announced and as always it features a number of free and not-free "benefit" shows in Central Park. Some highlights of the free shows include:
6/28 - 'Club Classics Live!' featuring Sam Sparro; Ultra Naté; Kevin Aviance; Alfa Anderson, Luci Martin & Norma Jean Wright (ex-Chic); Company Freak w/ special guests. Plus DJ set by Andre Collins, curated by Jason KingPaid shows include Beck, Conor Oberst / Dawes, Counting Crows / Toad the Wet Sprocket, and more.
7/8 - Andrew Bird & the Hands of Glory and Luke Temple
7/9 - Beatnuts, Ana Tijoux, Bodega Bamz and DJ Tony Touch (in assocation with LAMC: The Latin Alternative Music Conference)
7/12 - Babasónicos, Juana Molina and La Santa Cecilia (in assocation with LAMC: The Latin Alternative Music Conference)
7/13 - Bonobo and Cibo Matto (celebrating 15 years of Okayplayer)
7/21 - Pete Seeger tribute w/ Anti-Flag (acoustic), Toni Blackman, The Chapin Sisters, Rebel Diaz, Steve Earle, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, James Maddock, Elizabeth Mitchell & Dan Zanes, Mike + Ruthy, Nyraine, Amanda Palmer, Michael Glabicki (of Rusted Root), The Tony Lee Thomas Band and DJ sets by Kool Herc
8/2 - Dr. John & the Night Trippers and Hurray for the RIff Raff
8/16 - Blood Orange, Moses Sumney and Sean Nicholas Savage (in association with Okayplayer)
Full Central Park Summerstage 2014 schedule below...
Central Park Summerstage in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
We already knew that the 2014 Summerstage season would feature Beck, Conor Oberst / Dawes, Delicate Steve / Marissa Nadler / Mark McGuire and Counting Crows / Toad the Wet Sprocket. Now the full lineup of free and "benefit" shows has been announced, and highlights of what looks like a weak year overall include Pro Era, Andrew Bird, Bonobo & Cibo Matto, Sam Sparro & Norma Jean Wright, Mobb Deep, Mykki Blanco, Ty Dolla $ign, a Pete Seeger tribute, a Frankie Knuckles tribute and many more.
photos by David Andrako
Delicate Steve @ Baby's All Right - 4/20/14
In the midst of the Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks / Dustin Wong tour, Dustin Wong and Slasher Flicks member (Angel) Deradoorian took a night off to team up with the jammy Delicate Steve for a Brooklyn show at Baby's All Right last night (4/20), following that venue's Grateful Dead Brunch. Pictures of that show are in this post.
Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks and Dustin Wong continue their tour in NYC tonight (4/21) with a sold-out show at Bowery Ballroom.
Meanwhile, Delicate Steve announced that he'll be playing one of this year's Summerstage shows in Red Hook Park on June 7 with psych-folk musician Marissa Nadler and ambient guitarist/ex-Emeralds member Mark McGuire. That's one of many upcoming dates for Marissa Nadler. Her full tour schedule, and more pics from Delicate Steve's Baby's show, below...
Tickets for all dates, including Central Park Summerstage in NYC on Tuesday July 1st, go on presale at 10am Wednesday (3/12). The general presale password is MORNING. You can also use the BrooklynVegan presale password PHASE for the Summerstage show. Tickets go on general sale Friday (3/14) at noon.
Beck also plays The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on 3/12, and will be on Ellen on 4/1. If you haven't checked out Morning Phase yet, you can stream it via Rdio. Dates below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Twin Shadow / Autre Ne Veut @ Central Park Summerstage, 8/17/2013
Saturday night (8/17) Twin Shadow played Central Park Summerstage. A lovely evening for a free show, George Lewis Jr. and his band pulsed through selections from Twin Shadow's two albums, and made time for a couple new songs, as well as a couple '80s covers: Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time" and an encore rendition of Van Halen's rave-up, "Panama."
Opening was Autre Ne Veut whose live band featured both Zambri sisters. If you're in the Hamptons this weekend, you can catch Autre Ne Veut at Montauk's Surf Lodge on Saturday (8/24) which is a free show.
More pictures from Summerstage below...
photos by Robert Altman, words by Andrew Sacher
Disclosure / Mobb Deep
Central Park Summerstage may have gotten its dance show of the summer last night when UK house/garage crossover duo Disclosure, abrasive trap duo TNGHT, and another house-y producer Julio Bashmore took over the stage for one funky night in the park.
Julio kicked things off bright and early at 6 PM, which isn't really the appropriate time at all for his music (and unfortunately his set at Warm Up this Saturday will likely face the same problem), but it was a nice primer for what was to come, and I hope to be catching him in a dark club sooner than later.
Though still in the light, TNGHT fared much better, and it really seemed like as many people came to see them as Disclosure. Lunice spent at least half of their set acting as a hypeman, and rapping along to some of the verses they dropped, which included Rick Ross, Danny Brown, and best of all, the excellent "Blood On The Leaves," which they helped produce for Kanye's Yeezus. Aside from playing the music of other rappers, the real treat came when TNGHT brought out legendary Queens rap duo Mobb Deep, who performed "Quiet Storm" and "Shook Ones."
Then finally, once the sky fully blackened, Disclosure came on stage. These guys have come really far since their first trip to NYC less than a year ago, and from the reactions of the sold-out crowd, you'd know it in a second. It was all arms in the air, constant dancing, and singing every word to the big hits ("White Noise," "You & Me") as well as the slightly odder ones ("When A Fire Starts to Burn," "F For You") and the older cuts too ("Boiling," "What's In Your Head"). Like we thought they would, they brought out Jessie Ware to sing "Confess to Me" and "Running," and Sam Smith for "Latch." Excellent show, and a very excellent light show too, I should add.
More pictures and videos of the guest appearances from Central Park, below...
Veteran rapper Slick Rick is performing with a live band, The Lifted, in NYC on July 31 at Stage 48 with Don Dada. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Underground hip hop duo Cannibal Ox, who are back in action, are playing a hometown show on August 3 at The Studio at Webster Hall with Prop Anon, Meyhem Lauren, Rasheed Chappel and AKIR.
Bronx rap vet KRS-One is playing SOB's on August 15 with DJ Predator Prime. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Cloud rap duo Main Attrakionz are playing Knitting Factory on August 31 with a huge lineup that includes Cashclick, M.U.V.I., Handjob Academy, Buddy Fly High, and more. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
NYC rap duo The Doppelgangaz, who are having a great year thanks to a solid new album, play another hometown show on September 13 at Knitting Factory with Boldy James and Sneakas. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
YouTube rappers Turquoise Jeep will smang it at BB King's on August 25 with Kosha Dillz. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Oakland duo Zion I play Mercury Lounge on September 9. Tickets for that show go on sale today (7/26) at noon.
Chicago drill rapper/King Louie associate Katie Got Bandz is playing a Scion A/V show with Mike G of Odd Future on August 14 at Knitting Factory. You have to enter Scion's contest to gain admission.
Indie rap trio Ratking is playing The Studio at Webster Hall on August 8 with Kinetics & One Love, Adrian Lau/Alpsko, G4SHi, and Trap Ciudad. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Eminem associate Obie Trice, Young HD, and more TBA are playing SOB's on July 29. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
360 and Dyme A Duzin are playing SOB's on August 20. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Push!, Danse of Bklyn Stickup, Winkloc, Maffew Ragazino Sr., and more TBA are playing SOB's on July 31. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth
The Rock Steady Crew is celebrating its 36th anniversary with a free concert at Central Park Summerstage that features quite the lineup: Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Brand Nubian, Special Ed, Craig G, Q-Unique, Homebody Sandman, and Torae. Show starts at 3 PM.
Other hip hop related events in Central Park include the hip hop themed theater adaptation of "King Kong" on August 5 and a screening of hip hop film "Wild Style" on August 26 for its 30th anniversary, along with live performances by Lee, Lady Pink, Busy Bee, and more.
photos by P Squared Photography
She & Him / Camera Obscura
She & Him (aka Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward) and Glasgow indie pop vets Camera Obscura just brought their tour through NYC for two nights at Central Park Summerstage. The first of those happened on Saturday (pictures here), and the second took place this past Monday (7/8). While the first night was plagued with scorching heat, it was rain that ended up affecting the second, with a summer cloudburst right after Camera Obscura's set, which luckily cleared up right before Zooey and M. Ward took the stage. Whew! Pictures of night 2 are in this post.
They continue below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
She & Him / Camera Obscura @ Central Park Summerstage, 7/6/2013
"Is anyone here from Ottawa?" Deschanel asked at one point in the show, a reference to where She & Him played on July 4, and the kind of of course non sequitur fans might expect from the "New Girl" star and empress of all things quirk. Yet despite Deschanel's de rigueur bangs, made(well)-to-order attire and an overall sense of twee emanating from the stage, She & Him put on a very solid, low-key show, one that the band's fans seemed to enjoy even while sweating out of pores they likely didn't realize existed. (It was such a hot night in New York on Saturday that even the late Sidney Lumet would have said, "Too much.") - [Huffington Post]Despite that 90+ heat -- made a little more bearable by Summerstage's wooded surroundings -- folks did indeed come out on Saturday (7/6) for the cool sounds of She & Him who were smartly paired with their Merge labelmates Camera Obscura for their first of two shows at Central Park Summerstage. Pictures from that early evening show are in this post.
More pictures from Saturday's Summerstage show below...
photos by Sachyn Mital
Femi Kuti / Common @ Central Park Summerstage, 6/23/2013
Over the course of the nearly two hour performance, Kuti and his backing band The Positive Force engaged the capacity crowd with his political and jazzy music. The band included a brass ensemble and a trio of dancers, while Kuti himself swapped between keyboards and saxophone at times. The songs included tracks off the new album and some classics, with lyrics generally addressing corruption and oppression in Nigeria. These are hardly messages that comfortable New Yorkers can relate to, when their days are marred by the placement of Citibike racks or the once possible ban on soda sizes, but the diverse crowd moved along to the music. - [Popmatters]Afrobeat superstar Femi Kuti performed at a free Summerstage show with his band Positive Force on June 23. Kuti fan Common watched much of the show from the sidelines and joined him for a freestyle rap at one point.
The hot, afternoon show show was opened Sinkane and DJ King Britt who we missed. Pictures from Kuti's Summerstage performance are in this post.
Shuggie Otis at MHOW in April (more by Greg Cristman)
The Nines Festival is returning to Devens, MA (38 miles west of Boston) this year on August 10 at Willard Field. Artists playing include Explosions in the Sky, Shuggie Otis, Delta Spirit, Kid Koala, and more. Early bird tickets for the festival go on sale Friday (6/7) at 10 AM.
Cult soul singer Shuggie Otis has other upcoming dates, including two free NYC shows around the time of the Nines Festival happening on August 8 at MetroTech Commons as part of BAM's 2013 R&B Festival and Central Park Summerstage on August 11 with Jose James, Hiatus Kaiyote, and Op! (DJ).
All Shuggie Otis dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Black Hippy - "U.O.E.N.O" Remix (MP3)
When we first realized Rhye wasn't as mysterious as we thought, it was brought into the public consciousness that one half of the duo was Mike Milosh (better known as just Milosh) and Robin Hannibal, who is also one half of the duo Quadron with Coco O. Quadron is set to release a new album, Avalanche, on June 4 via Vested in Culture/Epic, and in very exciting news, the first single, "Better Off," features a verse from Kendrick Lamar. Pitchfork mentions that Robin and Coco were also in a group called Boom Clap Bachelors, whose song "Tiden Flyver" is prominently sampled in Kendrick's "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe." Check out "Better Off" below, along with the album tracklist. That's the artwork above.
Quadron also have some tour dates coming up around the time of the album's release. They'll be a support act for some of the dates on Jose Gonzalez's group Junip's previously discussed tour, including the NYC date happening on June 13 at Highline Ballroom. Barbarossa is on that show too, which is sold out.
As discussed, Kendrick Lamar will also be in the NYC-area for Summer Jam, Governors Ball, and Rock the Bells. Kendrick and the rest of the Black Hippy crew (Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock) just remixed Rocko's "U.O.E.N.O," which you can download above and stream below.
All Quadron dates are listed, along with the song streams and album artwork, below...
Twin Shadow @ Pitchfork 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Twin Shadow is about to kick off a "True Story" tour in California that quickly hits Sasquatch before visting Chicago, Governors Ball in NYC, Texas and many other places before ending back in Cali. Twin Shadow will then take a break before playing a big, free hometown show at Central Park Summerstage with Autre Ne Veut, Elliphant and DJ Million Dollar Mano on 8/17. All dates are listed with the "True Story" explanation below.
Most of TS's tour is with Pitchfork/Swedish Grammys-approved pop star Elliphant who we mentioned headlines her only upcoming non-Twin Shadow North American date in Brooklyn at Glasslands on June 11. Tickets are still available. Openers are Heartsrevolution and Computer Magic (DJ Set).
"She's actually part of the same production family as Icona Pop, but as Elliphant, she frays Scandinavian pop precision at the edges to join up to a more global patchwork that runs from Mad Decent affiliates M.I.A. and Maluca to the junkheap magpie nest of Staff Benda Bilili." [Pitchfork]Check out the video for "Live Till I Die" below.
Autre Ne Veut, who recently played Pianos (twice), only has four upcoming shows we know about at the moment. One is with Twin Shadow at Summerstage, one is Pitchfork Festival, one is ACL, and one is in Miami. They're also all listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
Disclosure at MHOW last month (more by Jason Bergman)
Yesterday (4/22), Summerstage announced its 2013 season. But one of the shows that was not on that announcement and was just revealed today is a co-headlining double bill by dance duos Disclosure and TNGHT at Central Park Summerstage on August 6 with support from Julio Bashmore. The show starts at 6 PM so the only downside of this is that it might not be dark yet during Disclosure or TNGHT's set depending on which one goes first. But that aside, this is going to be one of wildest Summerstage shows of the summer. Tickets go on sale Friday (4/26) at noon. The show happens right after Disclosure plays Lollapalooza. TNGHT doesn't play that festival, but they do play a different Chicago festival in July, Pitchfork.
Disclosure recently announced that their debut album, Settle, will be out June 3 via PMR. It features previously released singles, "White Noise" (feat. AlunaGeorge) and "Latch" (feat. Sam Smith), in addition to the just-released track, "You & Me" (feat. Eliza Doolittle). If you didn't hear that one yet, it's just as awesome as their previous tracks and ups the excitement even more for that album to drop. Check it out below.
TNGHT also slightly less recently revealed a new track in support of their tour which just hit Coachella twice and NYC once. The track is called "Acrylics" and it's even more of a banger than anything on last year's self titled EP. Stream that one below as well.
All dates for both Disclosure and TNGHT are listed, along with both song streams, below...
The Underachievers @ BrooklynVegan-SXSW (more by Bruno Simões)
Summerstage presents free shows in parks around NYC each summer. One of those parks is Red Hook Park where 2013 shows will happen on June 4 - 7. Check out the exact schedule below...
by Andrew Sacher
It was pretty exciting earlier this year when baroque pop legends The Zombies (who just released a RSD 12") toured with support from Elephant Stone, and now, as revealed in today's Summerstage 2013 lineup announcement, they'll be playing a show in NYC with another band they've surely influenced, Django Django. That show happens on June 15 at Central Park Summerstage and also includes Adam Green & Binki Shapiro and a DJ set by Modest P. The show is free to the public. It's a day show which runs from 3 to 7 PM so it could be a good one to catch before heading to Brooklyn for Northside Festival that night.
Adam Green & Binki Shapiro
will be in the NYC-area even sooner when their tour with Father John Misty and Jessica Pratt hits Maxwell's on May 17 (sold out). UPDATE: We just learned that Adam Green & Binki dropped off the Father John Misty tour.
The Central Park show is part of The Zombies' US spring/summer tour which hits the Bergen Performing Arts Center (6/13) in NJ and Mohegan Sun (6/14) in CT right beforehand. All dates are listed, along with a video of their full Live on KEXP set at SXSW (where they were sounding especially great), below...
Summerstage has just announced its 2013 season. Highlights include:
Flatbush Zombies / The Underachievers (6/4, Red Hook Park)Summerstage's whole 2013 calendar is below.
Ty Segall's new band Fuzz (6/6, Red Hook Park)
The Zombies/Django Django (6/15, Central Park)
Femi Kuti/Sinkane (6/23, Central Park)
Members of REM, THe dB's, Rosebuds and more in celebration of Big Star's Third (6/30, Central Park)
She & Him / Camera Obscura (7/6, Central Park)
Black Sheep / Das EFX / Marley Marl (7/18, Queensbridge Park)
Lianne La Havas / LP / Quadron (7/27, Central Park)
Ben Howard / Michael Kiwanuka (7/28, Central Park)
Pete Rock vs. DJ Premier (8/27, East River Park)
Mac DeMarco (8/28, East River Park)
As mentioned, cult psychedelic soul singer/instrumentalist Shuggie Otis, who released three solo albums including 1974's classic Inspiration Information (whose song "Strawberry Letter 23" you may recognize as the sample in Outkast's "Ms. Jackson"), is reissuing that album this year with bonus tracks along with a compilation of previously unreleased material recorded between 1975 and 2000 called Wings of Love. The albums come out April 16 via Epic/Legacy and can be pre-ordered now. That's the cover art above and the tracklists for both albums and a stream of Inspiration Information are below.
Shuggie announced a tour in support of the new album which hits NYC on April 19 at BB King's (tickets) and he's recently expanded it to include international dates and another NYC show happening much sooner at Highline Ballroom on January 10 with People Get Ready, Ofei, Joshua Nelson, and DJ Kool Herc. That show is being co-presented by Summerstage and Santa Monica Pier Curators and tickets are on sale now.
An updated list of dates, album tracklists, and streams are below...
photos by Tracy Allison
Dr. Dog at Central Park Summerstage - 9/20/12
[Dr. Dog] played behind an altered American flag with neon colors and only three stars (the symbolism escaped me). Quickly, they settled into the pattern of slow opening verses leading to huge climactic choruses, with harmonized oohs and aahs. Some cute touches were added to "I Only Wear Blue" and "The Old Days" when an electronic effect such as a horse nay and hand claps were added. But the big and memorable moment came when Delta Spirit's Matt Vasquez stumbled onto the stage during "Worst Trip." With a shaker in hand, he jumped around and eventually made his way atop Leaman's shoulders for the end of the song [The House List]Dr. Dog took their tour to NYC for a show at Central Park Summerstage last night (9/20) with Delta Spirit and Kishi Bashi. Pictures and a video from the show are in this post.
Authorities have issued tornado watches for the New York City metropolitan area as intense winds and rain and possible severe thunderstorms bear down on the region.The Avett Brothers were scheduled to play outside at Rumsey Playfield aka Central Park Summerstage this evening (9/18), but Bowery Presents reports that the sold out show "has been rescheduled for 9/24 at 7:30. All tickets purchased will be honored at the gate on Monday night."
The tornado watch for the city, Sullivan, Rockland and Orange counties and all of New Jersey is in effect until 7 p.m. The watch was expanded Tuesday afternoon to include Westchester, Nassau, Suffolk, Ulster, Dutchess and Putnam counties in New York and Fairfield County in Connecticut. Those later tornado watches expire at 11 p.m.
Half-inch-sized hail, dangerous lightning and wind gusts of up to 70 mph are possible with this storm, meteorologists say. [NBC]
Ben Folds Five @ Central Park Summerstage 9/14/2012
Coming into Friday night's Ben Folds Five show at Rumsey Playfield (9/14), I carried none of the usual trepidation that surrounds reunion shows. Armed with how impeccably they pulled off their "MySpace Front-To-Back" performance of 1999's moody swan song The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner four years ago - the band's first performance since parting ways in 2000 - I knew this was going to be a memorable night.
Friday night brought back all the best possible memories of seeing these guys five times between 1997 and 1998: from raucous, hot, sweaty club shows in Dallas and Austin to memorably driving from Fort Worth to Houston in the rain with broken windshield wipers wondering if drummer Darren Jessee had followed through with a promise to put my friend and me on the guest list for their sold-out show. (He did.) And then, after the show, they all signed my vinyl copy of Whatever and Ever Amen. It's this kind of nostalgia that's in jeopardy when bands long dormant decide to get back together.
But Ben Folds, Jessee and Robert Sledge ("On the bass guitar!") harmonize as well now as they did during those shows 15 years ago. It was not only exciting to hear songs like "Theme from 'Dr. Pyser'" and "Alice Childress" (one of my favorite songs in their catalog) but to hear them performed so perfectly.
They played for an hour and 45 minutes sprinkling in songs from their new record, The Sound of the Life of the Mind, (out this week) among the familiar ones the crowd came to sing along to such as "Battle of Who Could Care Less" and "Song for the Dumped." And, of course, they played "Brick," their biggest hit. (Personally, I was hoping "Missing the War" and "Fair" would have made it into the set but that's quibbling. Perhaps when they come back next month for Comic Con.)
The night ended in classic Ben Folds Five fashion as Folds fired his piano stool from distance striking the Baldwin right on the keys to end set-closer "One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces."
More pictures from Ben Folds Five's Summerstage performance, along with the setlist and pics of opener Kate Miller Heidke, are below. Also below is BF5's new video for "Do it Anyway" that features help from Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock.
photos by Toby Tenenbaum
Beirut at Central Park Summerstage - 8/29/12
Beirut brought their tour to NYC for a show at Central Park Summerstage last night (8/29) with Little Scream. Pictures from that show are in this post. Beirut will continue their tour this weekend with FYF Fest, which will kick off a west coast run for the band that also includes MusicFestNW, before they head over to Europe later next month.
More pics and a couple videos from last night's show are below.